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School District

1113 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Office: (360) 596-6100


Here at the OSD it is our goal to provide as many resources as possible to keep you informed about what is going on in our district. This page provides a detailed list of those resources that will keep you updated on all the news and events going on in our district!

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    Current Headlines

    CHS Handgun Incident Update from the City of Olympia

    The City of Olympia and Olympia Police department have released updated information on October first's handgun incident.

    For more information read the City's Update regarding the Handgun incident


    Published: 2015-10-02

    School Board Meeting at Knox Center

    The OSD Board of Directors will hold a regular Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 5, 2015, at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way SE, Olympia 98501. This is an open public meeting and the community is welcome to attend.

    Published: 2015-10-02


    Responding to Emergency Situations

    Our hearts go out today to the families and educators at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. 

    Please know that student safety is a top priority in the Olympia School District. This is especially important to remember when visiting school buildings. Checking in at the office to sign in and obtain a visitor’s badge may be inconvenient, but it is a protocol which helps protect students and staff. 

    Our schools are well rehearsed through ongoing practice of emergency protocols.  Teams of adults at each site have developed plans for and hold drills on a variety of crises. As part of these emergency plans, trained staff members are ready to respond to emergencies in the schools. Depending on the type of emergency, decisions affecting schools will be made by district officials in collaboration with the Thurston County Sheriff and Olympia Police Department. We are confident that our staff and students are prepared for emergency situations.

    With all of the media coverage of this morning’s tragic incident in Roseburg, it is likely that your child will learn of the school shooting and have emotions related to the news. With this in mind, we urge you to monitor your child’s behavior closely for the next several days. There is no one way people grieve. Sometimes there is anger, especially in older students, while for others there is a great deal of sadness and even a lot of confusion.

    An import reminder to parents is to assure that your family’s emergency contact information is current at your child’s school office.

    Together with the help of our parents, community members, and local law enforcement, we will continue to make our schools safe and effective learning environments.

    Finally, we encourage parents to attend a special presentation next week at Olympia High School by school safety expert, Jesus Villahermosa, at 6:30pm, Tuesday, October 6, 2015.  This free event will also allow parents to ask questions and receive important school safety information. 

    Published: 2015-10-01

    Safe Schools Alert

    Safety is our top priority.  SafeSchools Alert is a reporting system that allows students, staff, and parents to submit concerns to our administration in four different ways; phone, text, email or via the web.  Anyone may easily report on bullying, harassment, alcohol/other drugs, vandalism or safety concerns through the SafeSchools Alert process.  Tips may be submitted anonymously.

    If you have questions, contact your school principal or the District Compliance Officer, Jeff Carpenter at (360) 596-8544.

    Published: 2015-09-29

    Parent Safety Meeting

    On Tuesday, October 6, Jesus Villahermosa will be presenting some important safety messaging at a district-wide parent meeting. The meeting will take place at Olympia High School, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is a free event. Parents are invited to attend and will have the opportunity to hear Mr. Villahermosa’s presentation and ask any questions that come to mind. We hope to see you there!

    Published: 2015-09-28

    Citizens Facilities Advisory Committee Update

    On Monday, Aug. 17 Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Priddy presented the school board with a first look at the Citizens Facility Advisory Committee's work over the spring and summer. The committee has been working on recommendations for the board about facilities that need changes, remodels or upgrades. You will find that presentation here. You will also find additional details at this link. Part of the process involves holding community forums on the district's construction options and proposed plan.

    We recently held our first community forum at Garfield Elementary School to present our Administrative Recommendations for the 2016 Construction Bond Request.  You can find that presentation in the 'Read More' link below . Our next community forum will be taking place on September 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Knox Administrative Center.

    Published: 2015-08-19


    CHS Handgun Incident Update from the City of Olympia

    Published: 2015-10-02

    Annual Yearly Progress Information

    As required by federal law, the Olympia School District has just mailed Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) letters to district families. For more information click the link below. 

    Published: 2015-08-25


    Ways of keeping up with us


    In January of 2012 the OSD joined the Facebook community. Since that time we have made it a priority to update our Facebook page on a daily basis with news and events taking place in our District. Whether it's information on upcoming theatrical performances taking place in our District, to links to local news articles featuring schools or students in our District, we make it a point to post it all on our page. Please take a second to browse our Facebook page, and if you like what you see you can 'like us' to receive automatic updates:


    Similar to our Facebook page, our Twitter account is available with daily District updates. Our Twitter account is tied to our Facebook account so that any postings we make on Facebook are automatically posted on Twitter so you won't miss a thing! Take a look at our Twitter page and if you like what you see you can 'follow us' to receive all of our tweets:

    News & Notes

    Throughout the school year Superintendent Dick Cvitanich and our Communications team put together a News & Notes feature with stories and photos of news items that recently took place throughout our district. This is a great way to get a peek into all the great events and activities going on in the schools. Take a peek at our News & Notes page!

    Friends of the OSD

    Once a month we send out our Friends of the OSD email to our email list. This is a monthly recap of news and events that took place throughout the District. This is a combination of materials from our Friday Updates, Facebook posts, as well as news fresh off the press!

    Subscribe to receive regular email updates as well as emergency and school closure notices.

    If you have something you’d like to see added, send the information to Conor Schober and we’ll work to get it posted to this page.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:
    Communications & Community Relations
    1113 Legion Way SE
    Olympia, WA 98501

    Voice: 360.596-6103 / Fax: 360.596.6101

    Rebecca Japhet, Communications Director 596-6104
    Conor Schober
    , Communications Specialist 596-6108
    Dave Eilers
    , Web Developer 596-6106